2019 Durante/Stafford Nursing Scholarship Award Recipients Announced

Nancy Leveille

The Foundation for Quality Care and NYSHFA/NYSCAL’s Nurse Leadership Advisory Committee are pleased to announce the recipients of the 2019 James D. Durante/Ruth E. Stafford Nursing Scholarship Program.

This Scholarship Fund Program was established to provide financial support to incumbent employees of NYSHFA/NYSCAL member facilities who are also nursing students pursuing careers in long term care.

Two (2) scholarships for $2,000 each will be awarded to Skilled Nursing Category I LPN and RN students; two (2) scholarships for $2,000 each will be awarded to Skilled Nursing Category II Advanced RN students; and one (1) scholarship for $2,000 will be awarded to the Assisted Living student.

The winners will be recognized on September 26, 2019 at the NYSHFA/NYSCAL Annual Nurse Leadership Conference at Turning Stone Casino, Verona, NY.

Congratulations to this year’s award recipients, who are as follows:

Skilled Nursing Category I - $2000 Durante/Stafford Scholarship Recipients
June Masotti, Peconic Bay Skilled Nursing Facility, Riverhead, NY, Long Island Region
Jennifer Might, Wingate at Ulster, Highland, NY, Hudson Valley Region

Skilled Nursing Category II - $2000 Durante/Stafford Scholarship Recipients
Sonya Gates, Lockport Rehab & Health Care Center, Lockport, NY, Western Region Buffalo
Cheryl Lewis-Berry, Northern Metropolitan RHCF Inc., Monsey, NY, Hudson Valley Region

Assisted Living - $2000 Durante/Stafford Scholarship Recipient
Nicole Byrd, Home of the Good Shepherd Memory Care Residence, Saratoga Springs, NY, Capital District Region

We received many excellent candidates this year and want to thank and acknowledge all who participated in the process. If you have questions regarding this program contact Nancy Leveille at the Foundation.


Nancy Leveille, RN, MS
Executive Director
518-462-4800 x20